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priebus is standing by live this hour. >>> ten years after the invasion of iraq, a bush white house insider is here to reveal the secrets of how america was spun into war. >>> and from gop power broker to cable news kingmaker, a new book pulls back the veil on the controversial fox news boss, roger. we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> in an extraordinary look inward, republicans think they figured out what went wrong back in november. dissecting the election defeat, the gop has found that it is viewed as narrow-minded, out of touch, and full of stuffy old men. one calls for major changes in style and strategy, but how do they go about repairing a deeply divided party? cnn's brianna keilar is here in "the situation room," and she's taking a closer look at this report and fascinating material inside. >> fascinating material inside, and one of the things we're seeing in the republican party, what it's planning to do, is invest some serious money to build the republican brand in areas that are
, that it was dysfunctional, a reprisal of liberals and what they have seen as excessive conservativism in the bush era and back and forth, and a dysfunctional agency. so there are other people who are less controversial and as i say would share mr. perez's views. and picking perez is sort of like what they did with chuck hagel. they could have found someone who shared chuck hagel's point ever view who wouldn't have been as controversial as mr. hagel. >> megyn: and the ig's report found mr. perez, that he misled investigators on the new black panther case that it was not intentional, that he should have done his homework, but not that he knowingly lied. that was the ig conclusion. however, they did back up the allegation that there is a racial hostility when it comes to enforces the civil rights laws equally where the defendant in the case is black and the victim in the case is white, that there's a racial hostility within the doj when it comes to those cases and that in fact that exists under mr. perez's civil rights division, as it did prior in the bush administration. is it not less controversial th
, he would then face his democratic challenger, elizabeth colbert bush. she is the sister of political sat at that rift, stephen coal barrett. that would be an interesting race. it would take over the seat left vacant by tim scott, who was appointed to the u.s. senate. watch that south carolina race. >>> all right. back to the drawing board now in the cyprus after lawmakers reject a wildly unpopular plan to raid people's personal bank accounts. you can imagine why that didn't go over too well as part of their effort to secure a bailout from the eurozone and the imf without their help the tiny island's bank sector would most certainly collapse. that could potentially threaten other national economies. these things are often domino effects as you know. greg palkot is live in london. what is the latest on this deal, greg. >> reporter: you're right, martha. people are scrambling blink to prevent another way for cyprus to go bankrupt and dragging rest of europe down with it. in the cypriot parliament, not a single member of parliament voted in favor of that plan. this plan could see as much
george bush announced there was weapons of mass destruction. that is why this man is sue president bush. >> translator: i believe we were misled as citizens about the war. and we have to do something about that because otherwise, if this is right and we were misled this will happen again and again. >> reporter: san francisco state professor says the iraq war legacy will go down in history as being a bad idea. >> decades ago we had learned the lessens of vietnam. so the question is why did we need to learn many very similar lessons once again? >> reporter: at age 26 sergeant says he knows the war he fought in is controversial but one he will always believe in. >> i think it is going to be a controversial topic for probably the rest of our lives. >> reporter: he is proud of his service but anxious to move on. he is a college student and plans to graduate in the spring. reporting live in san francisco i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >>> certainly the human toll for the iraq war has been high. some 4,500 military casualties but the war is expensive. the question is how much. it is the r
is elizabeth colbert bush. yes, she pronounces her name differently. in a rare interview, we see the serious side of stephen colbert. he sat down with jake tapper, host of cnn's "the lead." to discuss his sister. >> trying to help your sister. >> she's my sister, and i'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. i'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself, not as my character. and if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, i don't care. it's my sister, i'm willing to help her. >> he's a good brother. all the help might pay off. one other democrat running in today's primary. 16 republicans, including former governor mark sanford. here is more from jim acosta. >> good to see you. >> reporter: in south carolina, mark sanford needs no introduction. but after the former governor of this state famously tried to cover up an affair by falsely telling the public he was hiking the appalachian trail -- >> i've been unfaithful to my wife. >> a reintroduction wouldn't hurt. >> we can learn aa lot about g
the victims of 911 and the families. >> it is personal for jim bush and retired special agent. >> 3,000 people were murdered. he played a very small part but he was part of the conspiracy. >> from the beginning he wouldn't give up anything. nothing about him fit. we knew it. we knew in our gut there was something wrong. >> chazeh arrived in july 2, '00 from saudi arabia. >> he settled into patterson new jersey. >> patterson, new jersey where 7 of the hijackers passed through before the 9-11 attacks. >> patterson is the launching pad for the plot. >> it is the only place we can connect -- we can't put them all together in one time or one meeting place because they blended into the community. >> it is here that he met up with another key facilitator of the hijackers a jordanian. he remains a secret of 9-11 ass f -- as fox news reported. >> he had apartments in all three states. >> evidences part of the work in p criminal work in patterson. >> he had no job. >> he was always very well trained played the part of a big shot on the street. >> several months before the attack chazeh who has no job su
. bush's administration. let's debate that, bring in alan colmes, the host of the alan colmes show and ben ferguson, the most of the ben ferguson show. >> hi. >> alisyn: alan, what do you think of that premise. did candidate obama said he would help to elevate our status internationally after what he believed president bush had done and that our stature was no longer as high. do you think president obama has accomplished that? >> i do and i spent time looking at the polls and our standing worldwide and particularly in the muslim world is a little higher than at the end of the bush administration. one of the problems we have is the anti-islamic video that came out about a year ago and hurt us in pakistan and hurt us in many parts of the middle east and we also were hurt in pakistan by doing something which most of us applauded, going in and getting bin laden. so there are certain things that work it our advantage that in fact may have hurt us and certain things like the anti-islamic video which unfortunately should never have taken place. >> alisyn: okay. >> hurt our standing as wel
president bush doing the p presidential humor and we have seen more than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondent dinner as president. i'm not sure what i will do next, and after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, the publishing clearinghouse or something. >> hey, i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand that governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. >>> it is great to be here in the evening in this vast magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer upper e. >> dean, you see this as a big change in the presidential joking? >> yes, it is, and i wrote about it in the cnn opinion article which people can go to see the contrast of jokes of reagan making fun of himself being old, and bush making fun of his ability to speak english and as comedians we did, and so did he. self-deprecating humor is always likable, because i should be more self-deprecating and so people would like me, and that is my dream, but president ob
is personal. for former criminal investigator jim bush and retired fbi special agent bob buchowski. >> 3,000 people were murdered. he was definitely part of that conspiracy. >> from the beginning wouldn't really give up anything. nothing about him fit. we knew that. we knew in our gut that there is something wrong. >> he arrived in the united states in july of 2000 from sud rabe. >> settled into the middle eastern community of patterson. >> paterson, new jersey, where 11 of the 19 hijackers passed through before the 9/11 attacks. >> paterson is really the launching pad for the plot. >> it is the only place we can actually connect. we can't put them all together at one time or in one meeting place because they blended in the community. >> it is here that he met up and lived with another key facilitator of the hijackers a jordannian who remains a secret of 9/11 as fox news first reported two years ago. he ran illegal driver's license schemes in new jersey, connecticut and virginia and had apartments in all three states. >> he was part of the criminal network in patterson. >> chiaza had no
% in the run-off, he's in real trouble. and as for elizabeth colbert bush, he is impressed with the race she is running. he thinks she has a tough up-hill battle but she's been super focused on jobs. has been laying low and really doing a great job. their this is a district south carolina win, that mitt romney won by 18 percentage points. so it will be a tough role for her. >> i will say i think having a woman against him is probably a plus. >> i think you're right. >> i am wondering -- >> there is another thing we haven't acknowledged, which is that perhaps it makes it easier. the rt sof scandal is bluntd a bit by the fact that he married the mistress. it sort of makes that whole thing a little more palatable. >> i found my true love. >> i'm wondering as i thought back about some of these in the past, brad pitt, for example, and angelina jolie, you mentioned -- >> the other connection i made right away. >> tom hanks married rita wilson. and the best of this, the best at this was of course, prince charles and camilla. they managed to change the p.r. around this story so well that the p.r. fi
. dean, you say that president obama used his comedy as a weapon. we have president bush doing to presidential humor. we've seen more of than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondents' dinner as president. i'm not sure what i'm going to do next. after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, publishing clearinghouse or something. >> i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. it's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper. >> dean, you see this as a big change in presidential joking, right? the attack comic. >> it is. i wrote about it in my cnn opinion article. you can see the contrast in jokes from reagan making fun of himself for being old. bush made fun of his inability to speak english. self-deprecating humor, you can't go wrong. it makes people like you. no one's offended because you're making fun of yourself. i shou
killed with thousands more injured. the bush administration started the war because they claimed iraq had weapons of mass destruction. a claim that was eventually proven false. but there were successes, such as removing saddam hussein from power and the establishment of democratic elections. >> reporter: the financial cost of the wore calculated at $2.2 trillion. a recent gallop poll surveyed 52% felt the invasion of iraq was a mistake. >> >> tomorrow, installation of pope francis. vice president joe biden will be leading the delegation. today, pope francis met with the president of his home country, argentina. kristina fernandez. she said she asked the pontiff to help settle argentina's dispute with the uk own the falkland islands. >> >> march madness is under construction here at hp pavilion. great for the fans, an economy onto itself. >> >> back here in 10 minutes, you noticed increasing clouds. there is rain in your future. how much you could get and what areas that will see the most. . >>> tom baker live at hp pavilion with the economic boost the ncaa tournament will provide. >> tom?
, this is -- part of her problem was also that she is old news in the sense that clintons and bushes alike, just ask jeb bush, these are names that people have been talking about for over 20 years. and there's a real sense out there on both sides of the aisle that it's time for a change. i also think, look, historically the idea that a presidential, that a party can hold on to the white house for three terms in a row is very, very rare, it's very difficult, and the idea that hillary clinton is the woman who can do that i find a little unlikely. i don't think barack obama's popularity transfers to her. if you watch that "60 minutes" interview with hillary clinton and barack obama, you could see why barack obama is more popular than hillary clinton as a politician, because he's a much more dynamic and engaging personality, and hillary just did not seem like she was a particularly interesting person or exciting person to listen to or follow. jon: "the washington post" is out with a poll on gay marriage that is kind of an outlier. the fox news poll and other polls taken til now have said the country is
you'd want to ski on but all over bushes and roads an absolute disaster. remember, this part of the country has already seen more than double their annual average. that's 100 inches of snow. now it's 106. overnight the latest winter blast sent cars sliding on icy roads in the north. and blew trucks clear off overpasses in the south. nearly half the country is suffering with a brutal mixed bag. snow, sleet, hail and severe whipping winds. >> it's march and still snowing. it's like it's not going to go away. >> reporter: this morning nearly 300,000 customers in alabama and georgia are without power. trees crashed on houses and power lines. >> we've got downed power lines and want to make sure everybody is safe. >> reporter: in the southeast hammering winds some as high as 80 miles per hour and tennis ball-sized hail pounded cities from atlanta back to mississippi. >> definitely one of the worst hailstorms i have ever seen. >> reporter: hail shattered windshields in jackson. and in new york, black ice sent this car into a tree, killing the driver. while unplowed roads halted bus
bush, and a political comedian. welcome to all of you. dean, i don't know if you watch the show at all, but listening to lily tomlin, do you think she has a point? >> forget the sex. lena dunham is naked all the time. do they not have a wardrobe budget? but about the sex, it's part of the character. it's part of the story line. they're not objectifying women like we see on show after show. so i think it's part of the show, creative process and she should have every right to do this. >> vanessa. >> i kind of did disagree. i was really struck by what tomorr tomlin was saying. there is still an ambivalence that we have about our sexuality, our sexual freedom and how we should express it. >> she said the girls become more accessible, maybe not wisely accessible. a lot of young girls are expected to give a certain sexual act now. young, young girls, maybe 12, 13 years old. that's a right of pass panage i suppose. is that what you're getting at? >> absolutely. obviously they're making choices, creative choices. and that's their right. however, they do have to realize the influence that they
-a-half away from the sinkhole that claimed the life of jeff bush, back in february. this sinkhole is about 8 feet wide and 10 feet deep. those living nearby are afraid their homes could be next. >> once we found out it was a sinkhole, i went to go tell by dad because i knew someone might get hurt. >> i said, oh, my god. it startled me. >> this is my house. i am worried about not being able to live in this house. >> some people have evacuated as a pro caution. but officials don't being the homes are in any danger. organized labor taking a major blow on thursday when the right to work law takes place in michigan. the historic heartland of unions, after a fiery debate. >> the issue is really being pro-choice for workers, giving them the opportunity to have the freedom to choose. >> this is about defunding union, taking away their power to be able to organize. this is unleashing, i believe this is unleashing corporate greed. >> shannon: this come as organized labor sees record low numbers. when you take out public workers, the number's down to 6.6% for private-sector workers. this is a far cry f
. >> at the bottom of the hour, ari fleischer the former bush white house press secretary will join us. he co-chaired this rnc project. he helped write this report. >>> president obama expected to announce his pick for labor secretary today. it's thomas perez, the assistant attorney general who heads up the justice department civil rights division. the president also preparing for a visit to israel tomorrow. this will be his first international trip of the second term. the first of his presidency to israel after visiting jerusalem president obama heads to ramallah, and then to amman in jordan. >>> so the ncaa collection committee has spoken. now it is all of our turns to fill out those brackets. while there is no obvious favorite in this year's tournament we do know there will be a new champ because after winning it all last year, kentucky was left out. the top seed in the 68-team torn all right are luisville, gonzaga, indiana and kansas. i've been trying to fill out my bracket all morning. it is not easy. it should be easy for you to beat me and you can compete against all of us here at cnn.
/11, the congress enacted, and then president bush sign into law, the patriot act, and among many other changes to the law it authorized fbi agents, on their own, to serve search warrants or subpoenas on custodians of information. so a telephone company, computer provider. a hospital, lawyer, doctor. having someone else's information. they call that search warrant, which goes around the fourth amendment, which requires that only judges sign search warrants -- they call those search warrants national security letters. so when the fbi comes calling to your or my server, says here's a letter. we want shepard smith's record, they also can't tell anyone because the statute makes it a crime for the recipient of the letters to tell anybody. that's the part that was ruled unconstitutional by the federal judge in california on friday. because that runs up against something called the first amendment, which says, congress shall make no law infringing the freedom of speech. so how could congress make it a crime for people to talk about the government seizing private information without going to judges fir
. bush in the end of his administration tried. president obama didn't touch it much in the first term. now he says he's going to try but the big difference is the things that keep the israelis and palestinians from the bargaining table are still there. they feel good about the conversation a month or two or three, are they back at the table. >> the president's in jordan today. what's the focus there? >> reporter: syria. syria. syria. jordan normally a key u.s. ally in trying to nudge the palestinians on some issues. one of the few arab nations that has relationships with israel. but the refugee crisis coming into this country from syria dominated the discussions. king abdullah has a country with a tough economy to begin with. they've spent nearly $1 billion. they say they are approaching half a million syrian refugees and they think it will keep getting worse. the president promised about $200 million more. the united states is already giving quite a bit of money to the syrian refugee crisis but he promised to ask congress for $200 million more. most of the effort was on the refugee c
sink hole under a home that swallowed a man named jeff bush as he was sleeping in his bed on february 28th. >>> a couple hundred military deaths paid attribute to the marines killed in a training exercise last week. none of the veterans knew any of the seven marines who died but the vets say they must still honor their brothers in arms. they were killed last monday when a mortar round exploded during a training exercise at a western nevada weapons depot. >>> we're hearing a chilling 911 call in the fatal shoot of course a 13-month-old boy. >> woman told police two boys tried to rob her and shot her baby while she was pushing him in a stroller in brunswick, georgia on thursday. 17-year-old demarcus and a 14- year-old boy have been charged with first degree murder. elkins aunt claims he is innocent but police say they are not looking for any other suspects. >>> denver police are confirming a former colorado inmate is linked to the killing of a state prisons chief. investigators believe 28-year- old evan eastbound else is connected to that shooting. >>> there may be a new trend brewing i
-george w. bush. so what you've seen is you've seen a huge swing in the party. it's gone from tea party republicans, sort of an insular, more isolationist party, come back around and -- >> because they can't win. >> we deserve -- well, don't we deserve credit for evolving, then? that's what's really going on here. i think the document's not a joke. the document is actually a sincere effort for the party to really look at. >> we unfortunately have to leave it there. gale, charles, margaret, thank you very much. we will continue this as always. find more on this story on cnn.com. >>> up next, is this man's skin color the reason why police have not investigated his killing in the three and a half years since it happened? his mother joins us along with the brother of another african-american man who was killed in a hit and run in the very same county in rural mississippi. what is going on there? we'll investigate that. >>> later, whether or not you buy jodi arias' amnesia about the details of killing her boyfriend, is the story even medically possible? ♪ ♪ twith blackberry hub10 and fli
with president bush's missile defense program? >> let me say this -- when another country threatens to attack your homeland, kill your people, we have to be ready and we will always do what we have to do to protect. remember, we have been in south korea for a long time. so we understand the north koreans. we know their strengths and weaknesses. we're going to make sure that they do attack or provication against our allies such as south korea, japan, taiwan, that we're going to be ready to assist them and to help them. >> thanks very much. >>> still "out front," the president is sliding in the polls pretty significantly. has he lost leverage with republicans? what does that mean for whether your taxes are going up? >>> and stephen colbert talks about his stistister running fo office and is talking about being white racist of itself. a war of words over race in america tonight. it's monday. a brand new start. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom commu
adviser in the bush 43 administration, cre currently on the advisory committee and former cia officer, bob bear. this video we just showed from the assad regime, shown on syrian state television. want to show it again. it's supposedly a victim suffering from a chemical weapons attack. no one shows any physical signs of injury, no con vumgss, no vomiting. three experts say that judging from what they see here, this doesn't seem like a chemical weapons attack. knowing what you know about these type of agents and their effect on humans, do you agree? >> you know, it's difficult to tell without examining the patients. and you need sophisticated equipment to do that. a lot of the symptoms you're seeing in these patients could be caused by insecticide, for instance. any organo phosphate which saron is, but the fact that so few people have died or if any have died tells me that this probably wasn't a sar ron attack but we can't rule out some sort of diluted vehicle. >> the regime is saying it's the rebels using chemicals. if it was something like a diluted chemical, dispersal agent or something,
that will succeed. >> david from joins me now, formform er speech write for president bush. david, joe biden long supported an assault weapons ban. but when the gun task force when he started talking about what their ideas were, he didn't even mention his remarks or anything about assault weapons ban. so he also down played it. is he triying to play both side of the coin? >> it is hard to understand what the president is playing. it's been evident for a long time in the democratic majority senate, the votes aren't there for an assault weapons ban. and second, an even more relevant, i think few experts in the issue think that an assault weapons ban is anything like a top priority item in the field of gun safety. i mean a spectacular and hor ib as the crimes committed with assault weapons are, the day in and day out toll on americans comes from handguns, not assault weapons. and we're concerned about background checks and people domestic violence convictions or court orders. so why not do the thing that is easier to pass and has more political support and the answer may have to do with internal dem
. he was for the iraq war until he was against it, until bush became president. >> yeah. >> so as long as we have got a democrat in there, i think good people of syria can depend on carl levin to be with them. >> it's interesting he has appeared with senator mccain who is a very vocal advocate of more strength being thrown toward the rebels of syria including eluding to putting ground troops into syria and now levin and mccain combined. >> the drum beat is growing louder. this report of a chemical weapons attack seems to be something we should step back and let the investigators investigate it. >> we would have been there a long time but the past decade of war, 70,000 dead in syria. we would have gotten together with the international community. we would have figured out a way to stop the killing. >> some people would consider that a game-changer. >> yeah, 70,000? >> that's what i'm saying. you know, not so long ago, we were talking about 20,000 dead there. now up to 70,000 dead. we went in to bosnia and kosovo for a lot more than 70,000 dead. >> preiraq war and goes to show you how mu
family next week. karl rove, a former senior adivsor, deputy chief of staff to president bush and a fox news contribute tore. all this is about money and how we spend it is what we cut to. okay, karl, is it a good decision to go forward with this knowing schoolkids in california have been shut out, et cetera? >> well, look it was a bad decision to cancel the white house tours. you can't tell me in the several 10 of billions of dollars budget of the homeland security department you couldn't have found $74,000 a week to continue the white house tours? cut out some conferences. cut out some waste. cut out phony programs and fund the white house tours. but having made that decision, it would be made in my opinion, even worse if you canceled the historic easter egg roll which is in part funded with private fund as you say, involves 35,000 people come to it and would have made it look worse. bill: do you think they dig a deeper hole if the cancel the egg roll? >> sure. bill: optics are terrible, karl. i think the picture looks awful but the public is shut out but the politics of, the politici
, president bush when he put us into war? president obama is bringing the soldiers back, where are the funds to be utilized back into our society? all the oil we got from saddam hussein? why isn't anybody going back to the fact that the reason we got into this mess is because of what happened with the bush administration? obama had to bail out wall street. complaining about all these other problems we are having. we're going to leave it there. you have given us a lot to work with. guest: that is a point democrats are making. deficitans were hitting spending -- but the cr is not addressing the problem. -- both sides are making that point. another element was a fight between democrats and republicans on the senate budget. how they arrived at savings in republicans said the numbers aren't realistic. host: are to be republicans also increases in spending in other areas, that it pushed the debt way beyond where it was when they first came into office, five or six years ago? point to the trend, how much was there when obama came into office and how much there is now. when you look at what republic
. in that period, came out the comments of president bush and others that we don't go to war based on green eyes shaded accountants stuff in this country. he argued was not so much around the numbers. i think the numbers, the discussion among budget people around 1.7 or 1.9, how much tricare, our money. the areas of big, the two main areas of disagreement among economists are, one, should one include the financing costs or not? should one include the cost community, if you say my house cost 500,000, you don't usually include the cost of your mortgage even though you know you will be paying 5%, whatever. the second issue is around to what extent the more indirectly contributed to the financial crisis, oil price increases and so forth. so in the oil price area what we did was oil prices went up by $100 a barrel. we've only contributed between five and $10 a barrel of that increase to the war cost which is already several hundred billion. we have certainly from discussing it with mainstream people, like dan yergin, you know, found pretty strong support for tripping some percentage of that oil price
they did. remember when the game of thrones that show used the phony george w. bush head impaled on a stick. they admitted it was a huge mistake and apologized and that scene was later edited out of the show and taken off the dvd's and they admitted it was a mistake and the history channel, mark burnett saying there's nothing, nothing that indicates that this is at all anybody's intent. megyn. >> megyn: didn't they say in the game of thrones, we just had the head lying around and we needed to use it to save one i mean, they didn't come entirely clean, did they, trace? >> no, they took it out of a tent. and we go in the tent and pull things out of costume and put things up and put wigs on them. and never noticed it resembled the former president until they put it on television. >> megyn: very dicey. trace, thank you. breaking developments in the deaths of seven marines killed at a training accident at a military depot in nevada today. now, new questions of senator harry reid brings up the deaths and then moments later complains about the recent budget changes. and the gun toting granny accus
this ball, the middle east peace process and tried to deal with it. bill clinton years on it, george w. bush at the end of his term. we'll see if president obama has success. he came here with a somewhat dysfunctional relationship with the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, and they were actually have been frosty in the past and either they're great actors or becoming better friends. >> it was important success the president accomplished getting israel to apologize to turk key for the deadly commando raid in 2010 that killed nine people. he's pushing israel to start peace talks with palestinians. how likely is that to get back on track and how important is the apology from benjamin netanyahu? >> reporter: the two things are not connected at all but could be connected down the road. turkey is a key u.s. ally, israel is a key u.s. ally, syria is in the middle. iran, you have questions what's happening in egypt, these are two countries in the region the american president needs to trust and likes to trust, he'd like to work together on the big challenges. the relationship in turkey the
the bush and administration. i congratulate you on your promotion. you always had a reputation for intelligence and professionalism and hard work. it is good to see you here today. bitnt to follow up a little on some questions that mr. maria asked you earlier. ask you early. -- earlier. they came from various federal districts or were held in various districts. i understand from your testimony that you did not consult with individual united states attorneys in those federal districts when you were releasing detainees who would have come from them. is that correct? >> that is correct. most of the detainees that we received on the criminal side are coming from state and local custody, just the sheer volume. >> but still, the united states attorney's are the chief attorneys in the districts and they would not be your attorneys in each of the districts. >> on criminal prosecution matters, of course. >> and on civil matters. >> yes. although they do not get involved in administration removal matters. >> but they would for the instance if you had a boc claim or some sort of claim wit
of president george w. bush. good morning to you. who wants to be peter cottontail here? brad, do you want to raise for your hand for that or is that better suted for bob? >> i will raise my hand. bill: what kind of a mess have they gotten themselves into? >> the president to say a event funded by almost entirely by corporate donation has to be canceled. don't forget, they went to every member of congress not only to themselves or families this is shot over the bow of congress if it is canceled it is your fault. the fact. matter this event is mostly underwritten by volunteers who donate their time and money. there is very little cost to the government. this is tradition that goes back decades upon decades. it is punishment to the people who line up to come to their kids to an event become part of this --. bill: but for now it is on schedule so members of congress can come in and members of the public can not so tours have been canceled. >> that's right. bill: bob, how do you see it? >> i want to thank you for inviting me to talk about the uplifting story. bill: you're welcome. >> because o
the court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act enacted during the bush administration. again, c-span and c-span radio will have coverage when the arguments are released to the public at about 2 eastern. it'll be shown again wednesday night at 8 over on c-span. >> let's go straight to a personal topic. you been on the commission since 2006, the chairman's been on since, i believe, 2009. his term is up, yours will be up next year. should we expect to see some turnover at the commission? >> guest: well, you should always expect to see turnover at the commission because we all have staggered terms. >> right. >> guest: the past six years have flown by very quickly, and we shall see, you know? stay tuned. you know, i get asked this question every couple of years, and when you've been there almost seven years, you get asked at inflection points like this. i'm openly thinking about it, but we shall see. >> host: openly thinking about what? >> guest: about what to do next. i have thought about that several times, you know, what comes after the commission. you kno
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